|The Replica of the Dream Car and a statue of The Driver
|The youngest Indiblogger present in the meet
|Punit talking to a fellow Indiblogger
After the lunch we entered the ball room and Mr Hamilton came to the stage. The entire ball room cheered with applause. Every eye was shining, every lip was smiling, every voice was cheering. Mr. Hamilton took a deep breath and opened his mouth: "Namaste Mumbai". Claps filled the room. Then the firing of questions started towards Mr. Racer. He answered all the questions including the silliest ones. And then the moment came when we were asked to leave for the long awaited event. We will witness the world famous tricks from Mr. Lewis Hamilton!! We left for BKC (Bandra Kurla Complex) at around 4:00 and then started another long wait for the event. Thanks to Indiblogger, we got to manage the best VIP seats with gears like a poncho, ear plugs, balloons etc. Bored with the wait I started clicking faces around me. It was really awesome to see the world and its people through the lenses which is generally not that exciting when we watch them with naked eyes. I shot a kid with great enthusiasm, a guy little bored, a girl visibly excited, another girl merged in thinking, a celebrity photographer tired of the day long event.
Around 7:00 PM the event started. It was a carnival kind of thing organised by Vodafone Speed Fest. There were balloons and colors and fireworks and clowns and men with long false legs and what not!! I just cannot describe the gala moving fanfare. It will dim the light and wipe out the colors from my mind if I try to pen down. After that a huge van with Vodafone ZooZoo and the hosts for the night Manish Paul and Mandira Bedi came to cheer the people. They announced the arrival of Mr Chief Minister and other ministers from the state cabinet. They formally declared the event to begin. And then we heard the noise, a disturbing sound which turned out to be the sound from the car we were there for. The sound got closer and louder, exceeding the cacophony and then we realized He just crossed us. A few seconds of instant numbness filled me, what was that! My ears are paining, a buzzing was there which is now an African Drum inside my chest, my eyes are searching for the car to cross us again. And it did happen. It was at least 4-5 laps he did in front of the enormous crowd. It was just amazing, one of the best never-seen-before experience in my life.
|Vodafone mascot ZooZoo
|Mr. Lewis Hamilton in action